A pedometer-based intervention to improve physical activity, fitness, and coronary heart disease risk in national guard personnel

Laura A. Talbot, E. Jeffrey Metter, Christopher H. Morrell, Kevin D. Frick, Ali A. Weinstein, Jerome L. Fleg

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Abstract

To compare the effects of a pedometer-based behavioral intervention (Fitness for Life [FFL] program) and a traditional high-intensity fitness (TRAD) program on physical activity (PA), Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and coronary heart disease risk factors in Army National Guard members who failed the APFT 2-mile run. From a pool of 261 Army National Guard, a total of 156 were randomized to TRAD or FFL for 24 weeks consisting of a 12-week progressive conditioning program followed by 12 weeks of maintenance. For both groups, the total APFT score and 2-mile run time/score improved from baseline to 12 weeks (FFL: ↓7.4%, p = 0.03; TRAD: ↓5%, p = 0.08) but at 24 weeks they had regressed toward baseline. PA improved modestly and coronary risk profile changed minimally in both groups. A pedometer-based exercise intervention had results similar to a high-intensity program for improving PA, APFT, and 2-mile run times/score. Neither group sustained the improved run times over the 12 weeks of maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-600
Number of pages9
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume176
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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